Over the past 5+ years, there has been a steady trend towards not just replicating the traditional textbook in electronic form, but creating interactive and adaptive learning products that are used in lieu of a textbook (e.g. MyLabs, ALEKS, Connect). We broadly group these products under the umbrella of ‘interactive courseware.’ The underlying technology for these advancements has been around for 20+ years and casual industry observers may look at this evolution and ask “why has it been so slow to take off?”
When we speak with prospective clients or work with academic peers, they often tell us their top goal is to lower costs for students. Yet when we dive deeper into what students’ average cost is today and what their objective is, they are often unaware of their current metrics and don’t have a crisp definition of success.
For twenty years, we have focused on reinventing the higher education bookstore model. From developing the first used book marketplace and accepting financial aid for all book types, to preparing schools for the transition to digital and integrating with OER based adaptive courseware, we have made it our mission to provide students with easy access to affordable course materials. 2020 has shown us that students require a state-of-the-art online bookstore and course materials platform. Technology is a necessity now more than ever.
Offering Dell technology through the Akademos course materials platform provides options for low-income and remote students
Working closely with our partner schools, we have seen that having the right materials at affordable prices doesn’t just mean textbooks and other course materials. If students lack the right technology - laptops, software, dependable internet access - they can struggle just as much as they would without course materials. This is especially true for students in rural areas and low-income families who don’t have the resources to buy their own or travel to school or the library to use technology labs. Add a global pandemic on top of that and you have a whole new subset of students who may not be able to get to campus for class, never mind the campus store or library. Integrating Dell offerings directly into the online bookstore has provided much needed support and accessibility for all students. You may say, what is the big deal about offering technology through an online bookstore? Isn’t that a given? For Akademos, it’s not just about what is offered, but why. And more importantly, how can we assure everyone who needs it, gets it.
With a revamped merchandise platform and new partnership with American Solutions for Business, Akademos is elevating the eCommerce experience for college and university online bookstores
Our team has been hard at work transforming the eCommerce platform and developing a modern, easy to navigate design to support colleges and universities with the best online bookstore user experience available. Looking at the current trends and the future needs of our partner schools we saw that elevating the merchandise experience with a new look, easier navigation, and a wider selection of course materials, technology, and branded merchandise, would bring a unique value to each user. Over the next few weeks, we will be giving you a sneak peek into the changes happening on our platform and the long-term benefits students will experience because of them.
Providing the campus bookstore and staff additional support with state-of-the-art technology